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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Eric Yanick <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:55:20 +0000
Subject: Get Back To me.

Dear Sir

Thank you for accepting my invitation to connect,I am a business man
from Ivory Coast Africa,I am directly connected to local miners in my
community and they are looking for buyers/investors Gold Bar. I can
send you all their details and they are ready to work with each terms
and conditions, They have been mining for 3 years but no
improvement.They sell their products to white business owners in the
country for small cash because all the have to tell them is that it’s
very expensive to export and their are not enough buyers , These are
the complaints made to me by them , they currently have 500 kg gold
bars available with the following characteristics:

Commodity:Refined Gold Bars (AU)

Physical Form:Dore Bar

Purity & Fineness: 97.09% or better (23+ carats or better)

Origin:Cote d’Ivoire, Africa

Destination: Buyer Destination

Quantity: 500 kgs

Price: $42 000 Usd (The price is negotiable )

Intermediate commission: $ 2000 USD/ kg

They agree to be paid after the second test and if the tests are
successful at the buyer's final refinery. If you are interested,then
please give me your email address so that they can send you an offer
or contact us.

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